New Mass Schedule Starting on First Sunday of Lent March 1, 2020
All the important decisions we make at St. Joseph the Worker, especially which directly affect our parishioners, are not taken lightly or made without much discernment, conversations and consultation with parishioners, parish council and even as needed, with guidance and approval(s) from the diocese and or Bishop.
Last Sunday, I explained to the congregation that when I was assigned to St. Joseph, we were in dire straits; heavy in debt, no office staff, much deferred maintenance and repair, etc., etc. - we were in danger of closure. With a mandate from the Bishop, changes had to be made. And so with much work, sacrifice and numerous changes, much has been accomplished and improved as we continue to rebuild a solid foundation from which we can begin to flourish once again as a vibrant parish.
In just the past few year's our local demographics began changing. There is a resurgence in our area with millennials and young families moving into our parish and the surrounding area while many of our 8:00am old time parishioners are moving away, no longer able to come to church or have passed away. Our late morning 10:00am Mass has been steadily growing with people drawn from these newcomers along with people from surrounding cities looking for a more reverent Mass and a spiritual home for themselves. I have been receiving feedback, especially from young families wanting an early afternoon Mass which does not exist in our local deanery.
After much discernment and consideration, the decision was made that the time had come to meet the new needs and begin reconfiguring our schedule for parish growth and viability.
Starting next Sunday, the 8:00am will cease and will merge with the 10:00am Mass and very soon we will be announcing a noon-time Mass time as part of our Sunday schedule.
I am counting on all of you to please, please help St. Joseph financially according to your own ability. And as always, I ask for your patience, gentleness, and prayers as we continue forth in making our St. Joseph parish a spiritual beacon for the whole Bay Area.
Fr. Kenneth Nobrega
Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. Talk about setting the bar high!
This verse, at the end of today's Gospel passage from Matthew, sets the tone for all of the readings this week. In embracing stewardship as a way of life, we have a custom-made plan that, with a big dose of God's grace, will move us towards the holiness of life to which Christ is calling us in this verse.
Our first reading, from Leviticus, lays out this theme immediately, as God instructs Moses to tell the whole community to, "Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy." The call to holiness is for everyone because every one of us is made in the image and likeness of an allholy God. This call should therefore not seem strange or unattainable — on the contrary, it is a call to become our truest selves. And even in this ancient passage, we find practical instruction in how to begin to attain holiness: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord."
The first few verses of our second reading from Corinthians give a further reminder as to why we must live holy lives with this thought-provoking question, "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" What great dignity we have as God's own dwelling place. And what encouragement this should bring us — the call to holiness is possible because we have the Holy Spirit dwelling right within us!
The following verses from this passage show us that a life of holiness will not make sense in worldly terms, however. "If any one among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool, so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God." The stewardship way of life, giving away the best of our time, our talents and treasure to God for His glory and for the sake of others, is the path to holiness. Yet, it appears utterly foolish in the eyes of many.
Asking Our Blessed Mother For Help
Do you ever feel like you could use some help approaching God in your prayers? The Memorare is a prayer that reminds us that we have a wonderful advocate and protector in the mother of our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In our prayers to her we honor and worship her Son, who is more than happy to listen to His mother's pleas on our behalf.
The Memorare, printed below, invites us to ask the Blessed Mother for her assistance and her grace, especially when we feel most troubled in our daily lives.
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
PROTECTOR OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH IN TRIALS OF THE CHURCH
"To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also.
Through the Sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.
O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved Father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin.
Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as once you saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen."
Legion of Mary Invites you to pray the rosary.
You are welcome to join us on Sundays.
We pray the Rosary every Sunday after the 8:00 am Mass in English and after the 11:30 am Mass in Spanish.
If you are not able to pray with us perhaps you can send us your prayer intentions. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will gladly include them in our prayers.